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Emergency preparedness: Area response agencies test readiness for full-scale disaster

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It began at 8 a.m. when an armed man entered the building. The shooter fired at students on the first floor, and the emergency calls went out.


Tractor Supply attracted by Starkville's farmers, horse owners

STARKVILLE -- The retail growth of west Starkville will continue with Tractor Supply Co., which will open a new location in mid-to-late January.



Man who attacked Shipley Donuts employees faces Oct.17 arraignment

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

STARKVILLE -- A Weir man accused of attacking two people at Shipley Donuts in May was indicted by a grand jury and will be arraigned on Oct. 17.



Solar company to create 951 jobs in Golden Triangle

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi lawmakers will consider two incentive packages Friday that could bring 1,800 jobs to the state, including 951 to Lowndes County.



50-year-old Columbus man arrested in beating case

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police this morning arrested a man sought in a simple-assault case. Police arrested Jimmie Henley, 50, of 136 Rhonda Road, on charges of simple assault domestic violence, after Lt. Carroll Culpepper received information of where Henley was, at around 9 a.m. today.


Senator: Solar company on Miss. session agenda

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Republican Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has been briefed by local development officials about plans by Calisolar to open a manufacturing plant that would create 900 jobs.


PHOTO GALLERY: High on the hog: Roast n' Boast 2011 (link)

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fine eatin' and hot competition were all part of the 2011 Roast n' Boast barbecue cooking competition at Columbus Fairgrounds Aug. 26-27.



EMCC to christen new football stadium Thursday

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

SCOOBA -- In the midst of a recession, when most schools are scrambling to cut costs, East Mississippi Community College committed nearly $5 million last year to build a brand-new football stadium.


Lowndes County approves courthouse renovation changes

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations at the Lowndes County Courthouse will cost just a little more than the $1.86 million expected, due to a leaky roof and complete replacement of the building's columns.


Town plans for Caledonia Days

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The eighth annual Caledonia Days festival is still a month and a half away, but plans are swiftly falling into place.



Merchant: Adding forensic pathologist to crime lab could save time, money

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has an autopsy laboratory but no forensic pathologist, and Greg Merchant, Lowndes County coroner, hopes that changes.


A place to skate: West Point develops skate park

Posted 8/31/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- By spring 2012, skaters in West Point will have their own park. West Point's Inline and Skateboarding Experience, or WISE, will be a 3,000-square-foot skate park located at Marshall Park. The park will feature a bowl, rails and an outer ring for inline skaters.

Overturned tractor-trailer holds up traffic

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning heading east along Highway 82 in Columbus, sending the driver of the 2010 Kenworth semi-truck to the hospital.


Columbus police go back to school

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though they're past the stage with book bags and report cards, Columbus police officers aren't exempt from attending classes and brushing up on some basic skills.



Bowling gets 35 years in molestation of minors

Posted 8/30/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- An ex-high school football coach who spent a long career in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison in a Mississippi molestation case involving teenage boys. Dwight Bowling was sentenced Tuesday in Monroe County Circuit Court.



Brooks calls for county-worker raises

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Looking to the city of Columbus as an example, Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks wants to guarantee county employees raises for the coming fiscal year. The city recently passed a $22.86 million budget, including 3-percent raises for its about 280 employees.



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